fat/talk

Young woman,

(Wellcome Collection),

talking

to us

in a distracted way

via

patchwork pig

cradled in her arms.

 

She gets us to think

about

meaning and metaphor.

 

It is an oversized fatty tumour;

I guess,

that is the best way to describe

the image

standing

on two feet,

varicose ulcers

adorning

stocky legs.

 

It is only after ten minutes

of confusion

of, trying to understand

why, when she talks

she moves her pig; (she, is the pig’s voice)

 

 

From describing the imagery of fat –

the psychological ins and outs of eating

and

over-eating

she moved-on to

the

Psychology of pigs,

in factory farming

and

their struggles

with eating disorders.

 

A teenage girl listening, looked in pain;

I could almost taste her disinterest.

 

It was a shame we couldn’t get to see the tapir skeleton

or the pickled marmosets.

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